The ZCA Buildings Plan is the first comprehensive, nation-wide retrofit plan for Australia's buildings. It shows how existing buildings can reach zero carbon emissions in 10 years. The plan currently uses available and affordable technology.
The Zero Carbon Australia buildings Plan will:
Halve Australia's building energy use Fully retrofit existing buildings for higher comfort Install 33GW of rooftop solar Raise the bar on appliance performance Protect against rising gas prices Go gas free by installing highly efficient electric technologies Give energy freedom to millions of home owners Create tens of thousands of new jobs
By implementing this plan, building owners will reduce their energy bills, generate energy income, and improve the comfort, resilience, and enjoyment of the spaces they live and work in.
'Wow! What a wealth of practical information. This publication is so much more than a plan to revolutionise Australia's building stock: it should be compulsory reading for anyone who aspires to design, construct or operate buildings in Australia. BZE's recommendations deserve to be taken very seriously.'
Craig Roussac, CEO, Buildings Alive
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'Australia's commercial and residential buildings are responsible for 23 per cent of our greenhouse gas emissions. At the same time, we know the built environment can deliver rapid and cost-effective reductions to emissions and energy consumption using technologies and approaches that are widely available today. Research from the Green Building Council of Australia has found that energy-efficient, Green Star-rated buildings produce 62 per cent fewer greenhouse gas emissions and use 66 per cent than the average Australian building. We must work together to capture the benefits that green buildings deliver to the environment, the economy and the community.'
Robin Mellon, Chief Operating Officer, Green Building Council Australia
'This report comprehensively proves how we can reduce our buildings emissions, and demonstrates how individuals can contribute. The leadership shown by Beyond Zero Emissions is what the world needs, effective communication of practical applications to solve our current climate crisis.'
Jigar Shah, board member of the Carbon War Room, SolarNexus, KMR Infrastructure, Prometheus Institute and Greenpeace USA